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Given the ramp-up to her long-awaited A Woman Needs album, The Wreckers-member-turned-solo-artist Jessica Harp announced some surprising news to fans via her official website : she’ll be leaving behind her career as an artist to focus on songwriting.
“If someone had told me a couple years ago that I’d be sitting here writing you this letter I would’ve laughed. But as I’ve been through so much personally and professionally those last couple of years, and the older I get, I realize more and more how quickly time flies,” Jessica wrote in a letter addressed to her “sweet friends.”
The singer goes on to detail her decision to move away from active-artist status “with the certainty of choice, but the heavy heart of a woman who will mourn the closing of a very long chapter in her life.” “The decision wasn’t easy and less easy to tell you guys,” she wrote, “many who followed me through blessings of success in a duo with my friend. Now through the roller coaster that has been the transition from duo to solo artist, waiting patiently for songs to be written, a record to be made, songs and videos to be released. And that all-elusive record with many assured time frames of release followed by many pushes back.” Jessica shared another bit of news with fans: Her album will be made available for download via major digital retailers on March 16.
“You are all beautiful souls and I love you,” Jessica wrote in closing. “Thanks for being such a special part of my life. We’ll talk again.”
Jessica initially rose to country prominence alongside friend Michelle Branch in The Wreckers. The band’s 2006 debut, Stand Still, Look Pretty, earned a gold sales certification, and their single “Leave the Pieces“ peaked at No. 1 that same year. The duo was nominated for a CMA award for Vocal Duo of the Year in 2006 and for a Grammy in 2007 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Leave the Pieces.“
Michelle, who had scored pop hits before teaming up with Jessica, has returned to a solo career.